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As the global bridge year movement gains momentum, we are proud to have been featured in the following publications as a leader in in the field.


23 Sep 2016 The ‘gap year’ not just for rich kids anymore

Katie Couric and Yahoo! News released an incredible feature on Global Citizen Year! Check out the video below to see how we are re-imagining the 'gap year' as a launch pad for global citizens - and how top colleges are taking notice. By Katie Couric  When the White House announced that Malia Obama would be taking a year off after high school before attending Harvard, it turned a spotlight on the idea of a “gap year.” And yet it’s not just presidential family members taking time off, and not just Harvard that’s...

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13 Jul 2016 How to take a gap year overseas when you’re not wealthy

By Joanna Nesbit   My first year in college, I was lonely, lacking direction and supremely worried about money. A first-generation student paying my own way, I had no idea how I would fund year two without subsisting on loans, even in 1982-dollar days. Quite simply, I yearned to travel the world, and three more years of classes plus job felt like death. I did travel. But first, I dropped out to work and build a travel fund.   Lots of parents worry a gap year will derail kids (for the record, I have...

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05 May 2016 Malia Obama is taking a ‘gap year’ before attending Harvard — here’s why that’s a great idea

By Jeremy Berke The White House announced announced Saturday that Malia Obama will attend Harvard as a member of the class of 2021 — after taking a year off before her freshman year, otherwise known as a "gap year." Gap years are gaining in popularity among American students, as the New York Times reports. For example, Harvard has seen a 33% increase in the number of students taking gap years, and MIT saw their deferments double between 2009 and 2010, according to CIEE, the world's oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange program. Whether students participate...

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03 May 2016 How To Have A Successful Gap Year — Tips For Malia Obama And Other High School Grads

By Anya Kamenetz Imagine your bright young son or daughter comes to you, high school mortarboard in hand, and says, "Mom, Dad, I'm not going to college next year." What's your reaction? If you're the commander in chief or first lady, the answer is, reportedly, supportive. Their older daughter, Malia Obama, made headlines this week by announcing that she would put off matriculating at Harvard University until 2017. It turns out that this decision is becoming more popular at Harvard and around the country. "For years, Harvard's acceptance letters included a suggestion that students...

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03 May 2016 Why more teens like Malia Obama are taking a gap year

President Barack Obama’s eldest daughter Malia announced plans to take a gap year before she attends Harvard in 2017, an idea that is taking hold among more and more students. In 2015, 30-40,000 students took a year off after graduating high school, a 20 percent jump. William Brangham talks to Joe O’Shea of Florida State University for more on the broader trend of deferring college. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZRKxkYiINk[/embed]  ...

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03 May 2016 Malia’s decision to take a gap year isn’t just good for her — it’s good for the country, entrepreneur says

By Abigail Falik When the White House announced Sunday that Malia Obama would attend Harvard University but take a year off first, it sparked a lot of conversation about “gap years.” Abigail Falik, founder and chief executive officer of Global Citizen Year and an award-winning entrepreneur, writes her views on the benefits of taking an exploratory break after high school. The nonprofit she leads hopes to create global leaders by shaking up the traditional educational path and helps make it possible for more students to take time off. Eighty percent of the young...

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03 May 2016 Malia Obama’s ‘Gap Year’ Is Part of a Growing (and Expensive) Trend

By Mike McPhate It sounds awfully nice: A yearlong postponement of schoolwork. The White House announced on Sunday that Malia Obama, the president’s older daughter, would be among the thousands of students to take a so-called gap year between high school and college. The hiatus from classrooms, textbooks and tests has become an increasingly popular choice. The idea is that university-bound students go on an adventure, do something meaningful and, if all goes to plan, arrive at campus a year later more mature, focused and attuned to their goals. Still, despite growing acceptance of...

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